What will I learn?


The Department of Art and Design provides a supportive environment for students who wish to undertake postgraduate research leading to the award of MPhil or PhD. Research Degrees can be pursued either through conventional text-based studies or through a combination of studio-based activity where individual creative practice forms a significant part of the intellectual enquiry supported by a critical commentary. The creative work can take any form, but it must be clearly presented in relation to the argument of the thesis and demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate theoretical/historical/critical/ contemporary context of the research.

Research Areas

Research in the Department emanates from its programmes in Fine Art, Photography, and Design and encompasses a broad range of media interests, practical approaches and historical and theoretical perspectives. A key aspect of both teaching and research at Chester is the notion of interdisciplinarity and dialogue between disciplines and practices is something that is of interest to many of the researchers working within the Department.

The Department

The Department would be keen to hear from students who would wish to pursue their research across a broad spectrum of fine art, photography and design as well as welcoming proposals in these interdisciplinary areas. The Department has seen considerable expansion over recent years with the introduction of new programmes, an increasing proportion of staff with practice-based PhD’s, and a corresponding widening portfolio of research interests; all of which makes for an exciting and rapidly developing research environment. The strength of the Department lies in the supportive environment that it provides for students at every level of study and in the facilitating of dialogues between researchers across a range of subject specialisms.

Which department am I in?

Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£13,308.00 (US$ 18,198) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected May, September, October 2022


University of Chester

Parkgate Road,



CH1 4BJ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each band or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Chester

The University of Chester is home to students from 130 countries and is the #2 University in the UK for international students (WhatUni? 2020).

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